State policies on energy efficiency are not reality-based

1 december 2015 | Kommersant

Yesterday at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris Vladimir Putin named key achievements and goals of the Russian climate policy, confirmed the aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% of the level stated in 1990, up to 2030, enlisted Russian special measures on implementing climate policies. These are measures to increase energy efficiency (cutting energy consumption by 33, 4% in the 2000-2012 period, and plans to cut by 13, 5% up to 2020) and large emission improvements in the 1991-2012 period due to modernizations in economy and use of environmentally friendly technologies which ‘helped to restrain the global warming for almost a year,’ said the President.

Evgeny Gasho
Evgeny Gasho
Department for Expert Analytics

According to environmentalists, reducing gas emissions in 90s caused mainly a slump in the industrial output in the former Eastern block, writes ‘Kommersant’. Alongside with that authorities agreed that the new target – cutting energy consumption by 40% by 2020 of the level stated in 2009 – will not be accomplished: since 2015 the state financing of energy efficiency measures in regions is cut due to tough macroeconomic conditions. ‘State policies in energy efficiency are unbalanced and inconsistent, are not based on reality and factual reasons of efficiency decline, hence we see false targets, illusory incentives. Tight money is what prevents achieving economic benefits of energy saving, not cheap energy, that is why energy services do not work to our benefits,’ Evgeny Gasho, the expert of the Analytical Center, commented on the situation to ‘Kommersant’.